FIGURE F-6 An artist’s rendering of the New Worlds Observer concept for imaging a distant planetary system. Light from the central star is blocked by a large external occulting disk that is shaped to control diffraction of the starlight around the occulter. A telescope placed in the right location can image the surrounding planetary system without glare from the central star. SOURCE: Webster Cash, The New Worlds Imager, Final Report to the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts for Phase I Study, NIAC Phase I study report, 2005. Courtesy of Webster Cash, University of Colorado.
study now has been completed and the final report is available.14 The results of this study will be used to prepare the New Worlds Observer mission concept for the NRC’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey. In conjunction with the ASMCS study, NASA convened a Technical Assessment Review (TAR) panel for the New Worlds Observer mission concept. The NASA TAR report is part of the ASMCS document package. The TAR recommendations are being used to motivate further NASA investment and to prepare the technologies necessary for a successful New Worlds Observer mission.